Free Networking BBQ Event for Women in Business and Community

You’re invited to Powerhouse Women in Business Summer Event – Powerhouse Picnic 2022

County Carlow is a place to be as it opens an invitation to businesswomen across the country to attend the first Powerhouse Picnic – Women in Business Event being held in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Kilkenny Road, Carlow on Wednesday, 29th June 2022.  The event is free of charge thanks to the support of our sponsor Touchpoint Media who will also donate €15.00 for every person who books and attends to St. Catherine’s Community Services Centre.

The Powerhouse Picnic is a summer BBQ event designed to encourage professional female business connections in an informal setting. Open to businesses all over Ireland, the Picnic aims to encourage future business development, not just in Carlow, but nationally. Hosted by Lucy Kennedy, with Anna May McHugh, Kim McKenzie Doyle, Liz Morrissey, Catriona Cullen & Sandra Nolan in the charming setting of the Woodford Dolmen Hotel’s fully covered veranda, Kilkenny Road, Carlow between 5.45 pm to 8 pm.

The Powerhouse Picnic is set to be an unmissable business opportunity and a chance for businesses, colleagues, and friends to come together for a pre-summer work evening out.

Click the link to register for your place; The Powerhouse Picnic – 29th June 2022 – Women in Business Event – Local Enterprise Office – Carlow



Carlow Social Prescribing Service Summer Activities

Carlow Social Prescribing service is offering free recreational groups for those who are eligible for the service;

-over 18 years old

-living in Carlow town or Graiguecullen

-living outside of Carlow town but registered with a GP practice in Carlow town or Graiguecullen

To register call 086-4147511

Closing date for registrations 30th June @ 5pm


#1 Chair Yoga x 2 weeks Wednesday 6th + 13th July 4.00-5.30 pm

#2 Cooking skills for One x 2 weeks Thursday 7th + 14th July 2.00-4.30pm

#3 Mindfulness and Self-care x 5 weeks Friday 22nd July – 19th August 2.30pm-4.30pm

#4 Art classes x 3weeks Wednesday 20th, 27th July + 3rd August 2.30 pm-4.30pm

#5 Selfcare and Skincare with JP Payne x 2 weeks Tuesday 12th + 19th July 2.00-4.30pm

#6 Beginners Fitness classes (Light to moderate exercises) x 4 weeks Thurs 7th, 14th 21st, 28th July 12.00-1.00pm

#7 Music and relaxation x 4 weeks Tuesday 26th July,2nd, 9th & 16th August 2.30-4.00pm


Summer Activities 2022



We are hiring! Childcare Manager


St Catherine’s Community Services Centre

St Joseph’s Rd, Carlow

 Exciting Vacancy as Childcare Manager (Full Time)


An exciting opportunity has arisen in St. Catherine’s Community Services Centre Carlow for a suitably qualified (Early Years qualification, QQI level 7 plus) candidate who has the desire to make a real difference in the lives of children & their families. The Childcare Manager position is full time (36.25 hours weekly)  and a pivotal management role within the overall Centre. As Manager of the childcare division within this community service you will:

  • Effectively and efficiently manage two childcare services (in two locations) to provide high quality early learning & care experiences to the approx. 135 children who attend daily.
  • Manage a staff team of two deputy managers, an administrator and 20 early years educators including regular support & supervision
  • Build strong connections with parents and guardians to ensure the best outcomes for children
  • Engage with various stakeholders both locally, regionally & nationally.
  • Be a key part of the management team who provides vision and strategy for future developments in the service

Key competencies for this role include:

  • A child centred communicator with a thorough knowledge of child development and its application to practice.
  • Leadership skills and management experience. Applicants with the ambition and skills required to “step up” will be considered.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Have a strong emphasis on inclusive practice.
  • IT, data management and report writing skills.


We value our team and aim to provide the optimal working environment for all staff. As Manager of the Childcare service you will benefit as follows:

*A Competitive salary – Our services are term time and close for July and August. The Manager role is a full-time, 12-month-per-year role. There is flexibility around some unpaid leave during the summer months.       

*25 days annual leave                                                             *Paid sick leave

*Pension scheme contribution                                            * Bike to work scheme

*Access to external supervision                                           * Paid study leave

*Contribution to course fees

*Travel expenses between services and as appropriate

This is an exciting opportunity for a professional childcare leader to manage a community service that can make a real difference in the lives of children & families and to embed a culture of high-quality learning experiences for children in the service.

To apply please forward a detailed Curriculum Vitae and cover letter to the Director of Services, St. Catherine’s Community Services Centre, St. Joseph’s Road, Carlow R93 T4C6, or email it to  The closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday, the 26th of June 2022.


St Catherine’s is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes suitably qualified applicants from all sectors of society.

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Childcare Manager Required

St. Catherine’s Community Services Centre wishes to recruit a Childcare Manager to lead our two services on St. Joseph’s Road and the Kilkenny Road in Carlow town. We offer flexible, quality childcare with a strong emphasis on inclusion and partnership with parents and the community.

The Manager post is an exciting and rewarding full-time permanent position. We require:
• An experienced child-centered communicator with a thorough knowledge of child development and its application to practice.
• Leadership and organisational skills with excellent personal and interpersonal skills
• An Honours Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education
• Childcare management experience

We offer:
*A competitive salary *25 days annual leave
*Paid sick leave *Pension scheme contribution
*Bike to work scheme *Access to external supervision
*Paid study leave *Contribution to course fees

To apply email a C.V. and a Cover Letter to

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Carlow Social Prescribing Service – Summer activities

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Our Social Prescribing Service continues to operate over the Summer months. The easing of COVID-19 restrictions has allowed for a number of outdoor activities  to recommence, these include exercise groups, gardening groups and Social groups. Sinéad our Social prescriber can work with you to explore what is important for your life and wellbeing, identify local activities and services you can benefit from and support you to start using services that can help you. 

For more information please contact 086-4147511/  

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Update from St. Catherine’s CSC


Following this week’s announcements from the Taoiseach both of our Childcare services here in St. Catherine’s and the Kilkenny Road Community Childcare and Family Centre will remain closed until the 19th of April.

All our training, education and group activities remain suspended.   We are however supporting our service users, participants and learners on an individual basis as best we can in all our services/programmes.  This includes:

  • Learning for Everyday Life
  • International Women’s Group
  • Digital Skills for Citizens computer /tablet and smartphone classes
  • Carlow Catalyst Programme for Women
  • Making Connections programme
  • All Traveller supports and services
  • Moving On Programme for Mothers
  • Individual family support including the Teen Parent Support Programme

Please note our Meals on Wheels service and Senior Alerts Service will be operating as normal.

Our Centre will be staffed and we will continue to support you over the coming weeks.  Please contact us on 059 9138700 if you need support or have any queries.  Contact details for individual services including telephone and email contacts are available on our website

We hope you and your family and friends stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you all in person in our Centres in the near future.

All the best


Director of Services